It's just so Yankees that last night the team tallied nine straight hits and eight runs of Cy Young winner David Price and failed to do a whole lot of anything against rookie Kyle Lobstein. If the team fails to make the playoffs, games like this will be extra painful to look back on. New York managed only four hits against Lobstein over six innings. Both of their runs came against him in the 3rd and 4th innings when Jacoby Ellsbury plated Zelous Wheeler with an RBI single and Brian McCann brought home Martin Prado with an RBI ground out. McCann's RBI put the Yankees ahead, but they failed to hold the lead.
Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs in his seven innings of work before giving way to Dellin Betances out of the bullpen. Betances worked a scoreless inning but Shawn Kelley failed to do the same in the ninth. He gave up a lead off double to Victor Martinez before walking J.D. Martinez. Kelley nearly worked out of his jam with back to back strikeouts of Nick Castellanos and Torii Hunter, but Alex Avila roped a ball off the wall to score the runner from second to end the game.
Both teams did fairly poorly with runners in scoring position, but the Tigers managed one more hit (the big one by Avila) than the Yankees in that department and that was the difference in the game. Carlos Beltran was responsible for two of the Yankees' hits in the game. Prado, Ellsbury, and Wheeler chipped in the remaining three. Ellsbury continues to thrive out of the lead off spot, whether or not you put any stock in that mattering. Beltran's bat has also seemingly come around a bit as of late. It wasn't enough today, but this team is going to have to hit if they have any hopes of making it to October.
The next test comes this weekend in the form of the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Toronto has fallen out of the playoff race a bit recently, so it's time for the Yankees to take advantage and try to make up some ground. Dropping two of three in Detroit was not the start they needed, but a sweep (or a series win, at the very least) could do wonders. Chris Capuano gets the start for the Yankees opposite Mark Buehrle for the Blue Jays at 7:07 pm tomorrow.